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Small Boat Project: Chestnut--Canadian Freight Canoe...

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Here is Kim Apel's latest project a 19'x 51" Chestnut freight canoe. Kim writes: "These were introduced by Chestnut in the late 1930s for the then-new phenomenon of the outboard engine, not for sporting purposes, but for working boats in the far north, e.g. Hudson Bay region. They're too heavy and wide to paddle well. They were used as a kind of water borne pickup truck in an area that then had very few roads. They were typically used hard, worn out and discarded within a few years, unlike sporting canoes, some of which at least were cared for. The mystery of this boat is that it was apparently built in the 70s long after its use as a working craft was obsolete, and it probably didn't go to the artic, or it never would have ended up in Newport Beach California, where I found it in 1996."

Kim plans to give it a go, after restoration, as an all-round, versatile sail-row-low power boat. Picture taken by Mark Adams restoration pro in Laramie Wyoming.

Question---Anybody else have any experience with large freight canoes like this, or have a historical antidotes on these boats...???



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Topic - Small Boat Project: Chestnut--Canadian Freight Canoe... - SBFTV 23:32:09 06/26/01 (1)


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